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Hollywood and Motorcycle Celebrities Helped Raise Charity Funds at Buffalo Chip®’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride®

20Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars and motorcycling’s top industry leaders joined in the 2017 Legends Ride and Lunch to raise nearly $40,000 for charity.   BC-11684Photos courtesy Sturgis Buffalo Chip

 Sturgis, SD (December 11, 2017) – Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars joined with the Buffalo Chip and Legends Riders at 2017’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride presented by GEICO Motorcycle and together raised $32,150. The donation was split between two Black Hills charities, South Dakota Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Those who attended the exclusive Legends Lunch that preceded the ride raised an additional $6,625 for two veterans support organizations, the Black Hills-based Sgt. Colton Derr Foundation and famed stunt rider Carey Hart’s charity of Continue reading Hollywood and Motorcycle Celebrities Helped Raise Charity Funds at Buffalo Chip®’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride®

Hollywood and Motorcycle Celebrities Come Out for Buffalo Chip®’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride® to Benefit Charities

Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars and motorcycling’s top industry leaders will hit the road with riders at the 2017 Legends Ride presented by GEICO Motorcycle, and meet and mingle with a select few at a special lunch.  

Sturgis, SD (June 20, 2017) – Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars will be joining the Buffalo Chip’s milestone 10th Anniversary 2017 Legends Ride and entertaining guests at the Legends Lunch in Deadwood, S.D. on Monday, Aug. 7, making the events two of the hottest tickets of the rally. In addition to having long been known as the place to catch celebrities as they mingle with riders, this signature Buffalo Chip charity event also generates significant funds with 100 percent of rider fees donated to South Dakota Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. The 10th Anniversary, 165 horsepower performance-styled Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider customized by S&S Cycle and other unique items will be auctioned in support of the Legends Ride on Deadwood Main Street shortly before the ride departs. The addition of the separately ticketed five-course Legends Lunch at Deadwood’s Franklin Hotel’s Legends Restaurant has added an opportunity for some real face-to-face time with celebrities in an intimate setting. Proceeds from the 2017 lunch will be donated to the Infinite Hero Foundation and the Sgt. Colton Levi Derr Foundation.

The Stars Come Out


Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-Winning actor Tom Berenger will be joining the ride as honorary Ride Captain and taking a seat with a few lucky riders at the elite Legends Lunch. Berenger has starred in a long list of Hollywood’s biggest hit movies and TV shows, and is most well-known for his roles in “Platoon,” “Major League,” “The Hatfield’s & McCoys,” “Inception,” “Sniper,” “Training Day” and “The Big Chill.” Berenger also stars in the movie “American Dresser,” which was partially filmed at the Buffalo Chip and is set to be released in theaters this summer.Tom Berenger Major League Tom Berenger Hatfields _ McCoys Tom Berenger Hatfields _ McCoys 2 Tom Berenger Emmy Award Tom Berenger - Platoon

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Pat Simmons of The Doobie Brothers will be enjoying the five-course meal and chatting with the limited few who purchase Legends Lunch tickets. Simmons wrote “Black Water,” the first of a long string of the band’s hits that includes “What a Fool Believes,” “Real Love,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “The Doctor,” “China Grove,” “Jesus is Just Alright,” “Listen the Music,” “Minute By Minute,” and many more. He may also be seen at the Legends Ride auction on Deadwood’s Main Street.

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Screen writer, actor and producer Carmine Cangialosi will be hanging out and riding through the Black Hills with Legends riders and will also be making new friends at the Legends Lunch. He wrote and has a starring role in the new movie “American Dresser.”

Carmine Cangialosi

Actor Zahn McClarnon, best known for his roles as Hanzee Dent in the TV series “Fargo” and as Tribal Police Chief Mathias in the TV series “Longmire,” will also join Legends Riders. McClarnon has also appeared in “Into the West,” “Timeless,” AMC’s “The Son” and many more.

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Famed custom bike builder and freestyle motocross racer Carey Hart will help lead the ride. He has competed in the Gravity Games and picked up several gold and silver medals in the X Games. He was featured in the A&E show “Inked,” hosted the X Games for ABC, was a cast member on the VH1 reality show “The Surreal Life,” and appeared in the movie “Charlies Angels: Full Throttle.” He competed in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, and has been featured in nationwide ad campaigns for Ford Motor Company, Dunkin’ Donuts and Mountain Dew. He is married to singer Pink.

Carey Hart


The Reasons Behind the Ride and Lunch

In an effort to help create a permanent athlete training facility for Special Olympians in the Black Hills, $100,000 in future Legends Ride fees have been pledged to renovate an existing facility to meet the growing needs of the organization. The 127 Special Olympians who are members of the “Rapid City Flame” team have been training in various borrowed locations over the past few years, but they are in need of a facility that will offer team members a sense of permanence and accomplishment. For several years, Legends Ride contributions were used to purchase a van to transport participants to practices and events; now the need for a facility is a priority. The Ride proceeds are split with the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and dedicated for future expansion. Proceeds from the Lunch will benefit the Infinite Hero Foundation and the Sgt Colton Levi Derr Foundation. This local charity is dedicated to assisting returning soldiers and suicide prevention. Sgt. Derr, a Sturgis, S.D. native, took his own life after completing over 500 combat missions.

The Schedule

10:30 a.m. – Bike Parking begins for Legends Lunch attendees

11 a.m. – Bike Parking Begins for Legends riders

2 p.m. – Auction on Deadwood’s Main Street

The 10th Anniversary, 165-170 horsepower performance-styled Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider customized by S&S Cycle and other unique items to be auctioned in support of the Legends Ride

Special Olympics Team is on hand to cheer on the riders and auction participants

2:50 p.m. – Group Photo

3 p.m. – Ride departs Deadwood

5 p.m. – Ride arrives at the Buffalo Chip Big Engine Bar at the CrossRoads, near the west gate, for a catered reception

7:15 p.m. Concerts begin in the Buffalo Chip amphitheater

Multiple Grammy Award-winning band, The Doobie Brothers, Jjmmie Bratcher and a band to be announced this Thursday will take the main stage


High Profile Event

The Legends Ride is truly iconic. Its high-profile celebrity appeal has been featured on CMT, the National Geographic Channel, the Tonight Show, FX Network and the Travel Channel, as well as in countless print, online and newspaper articles.

Those wishing to meet, ride and party with the stars, all while raising money for worthwhile charities, may contribute and participate in the 2017 Legends Ride by going to LegendsRide.com or calling 605-347-9000. Those wishing to be served a five-course meal complete with wine and cocktails, premium motorcycle parking and personal time with the stars at the Legends Lunch may call 605-347-9000. Tickets for the Legends Lunch are $625 per person and are limited to the first 22 people to make reservations.


The Sturgis Buffalo Chip History of Giving

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. To date the Buffalo Chip has donated nearly $600,000 to deserving charitable organizations including Black Hills Special Olympics, Black Hills Children’s Home, Sky Ranch for Boys, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, Combat Wounded Coalition, America’s Mighty Warriors, Lakota Heritage and educational scholarships through the Buffalo Chip Challenge program. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

About the Legends Ride

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride is dedicated to bringing rally goers together to raise significant funds for local charities. Having raised over $480,000 for charity since its inception in 2008, the Legends Ride has played host to some of the biggest names in television, film, music and motorcycling, along with riders from all corners of the world.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast and 2017 South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers eight stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. The 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Old Iron/Young Blood – Motorcycles and the Next Gen” curated by Michael Lichter, numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.


1AGuess the Band before the Feb. 7 Announcement!

1You’re almost there…The Chip’s first 2017 band announcement is now less than two weeks away! But if holding out till Feb. 7 seems like a tall order, here’s a little something to help pass the time that may even help you figure out who the band is. The Chip has started dropping some clues in its Guess the Band Contest, and if you use them to correctly guess the announcement, you could potentially meet the bands in person during the festival with a free Fan VIP upgrade! Don’t forget, you can also save some scratch by reserving before this announcement lands. SPECIAL PRICES END Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. MST!

Show me the clues!

I want to get my pass now!

224 Artists Who Could Rock the Chip’s August Music Festival in 2017

Securing bands for The Best Party Anywhere® is no easy feat, and it often takes the entire year before all the variables fall into place. But before The Chip gets to work, they always start the process by listening to requests from fans like you. Planning for the 2017 Best Party Anywhere is currently underway, and lots of you have been asking about bands, and listing ones you’d ride across the country naked to see perform. The following is a list of 24 bands that fans like you have put on the Chip’s radar. Are these the bands you’d go nuts for if they were to join the 2017 lineup?

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3Unwritten Rules of the Road Every Rider Must Know

If you’ve got a motorcycle endorsement, chances are you’ve got a grasp on the written rules of the road. But did you know there are plenty of unwritten rules that are just as important? Not following these rules won’t just make you look dumb; it could get you killed. So if you want to stay safe, make friends and earn some good biker karma, make sure you commit this list to memory.

I want to make sure I know the unwritten rules of the road!



4Want to Perform or Know a Band that Should?

Do you know a band interested in performing at the Legendary Buffalo Chip? Are you in one yourself? If so, we have news to share with you! The ReverbNation Road to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Opportunity is now open! Chip talent buyers will work closely with ReverbNation’s A&R team to select ReverbNation bands to perform at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip party in 2017. Don’t pass up the opportunity to place yourself or your favorite band on a festival lineup that will include dozens of world-class headliners. Click through to find out more!

I want to find out more or submit my band!


5Because of You the Buffalo Chip Won!

It’s folks like you who inspire the Sturgis Buffalo Chip to do better and push them to dream bigger. Because of your continued support and encouragement, and through many of your ideas and suggestions, Lt. Governor Matt Michels and Secretary of Tourism Jim Hagen recently presented the Buffalo Chip with the Excellence in Tourism Innovation Award at the South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The Chip couldn’t have achieved this distinction without you all. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

I want to find out more about this award!


6Last Chance for Free 5-Star Legends Ride Upgrade!

The Ride that Rocks already gives you and your friends the opportunity to ride and rub elbows with actors, rock stars and famous bike builders. Now, until February 1, when you reserve a spot on this 55-mile scenic ride from historic Deadwood, SD to the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip®, you’ll be upgraded to receive the Legends Ride’s 5 Star Package for the regular donation price! Your upgrade will give you exclusive perks including complimentary refreshments, Silverado-Franklin Hotel veranda access, preferred parking and priority placements on the ride. Act fast, because this special is moments away from selling out! Exclusive offer ends Feb. 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. MST or when spots fill up.

I want to find out more and reserve my place on The Ride that Rocks!™

7Sizzlin’ Hot and Ready to Rock Kick Off!

If you’ve always dreamt of becoming a model, the Buffalo Chip’s annual Poster Model Search is the perfect opportunity to showcase your looks and personality for a chance to score the rally’s most coveted modeling job. The Buffalo Chip will feature the winner of the Poster Model Search in countless advertisements, videos, magazine spreads, billboards and posters and award her $2,000 in cash and prizes.

I want to see the contestants or find out how I can be one!



8Will Doug Danger Defy Death Jumping a Pit of Deadly Rattlesnakes?

The roar of motorcycles in the Buffalo Chip amphitheater is about to be drowned out by the sound of your own heart beating wildly out of your chest and the rattle of some extremely deadly rattlesnakes. If all goes to plan, you’ll see celebrated stuntman Doug Danger attempt to complete one of Evel Knievel’s earliest failed jumps. But if the plan fails, this could be deadly.

I want to find out more about this insane stunt!



9More Official 2017 Buffalo Chip Merchandise has Arrived!

If you’re one for going topless, chances are you’ll be changing your tune once you see the brand-spankin’-new Sturgis Buffalo Chip apparel from Hot Leathers. Click through to check out the new styles that have rolled out so far for 2017, and while you’re at it, nab some official 2016 Buffalo Chip merchandise at prices discounted by up to 50 percent!

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2016 Buffalo Chip Festival Brought Familiar Traditions and Stunning Performances

35Buffalo Chip, SD (Aug. 23, 2016) – The authentic rally tradition continued last week as motorcycle and music fans gathered to enjoy nine days of adrenaline-packed action and entertainment at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®. As the center of activity and heart of the annual rally loyal fans joined friends from around the globe for a gathering of two-wheeled titans, top entertainers, fearless racers, freedom lovers and crazy characters for the 35th anniversary of “The Best Party Anywhere!®”

Moto Stampede – Thunder Clapped and Gawds Stirred


The Chip did the unbelievable by successfully tearing up the amphitheater to install a track for one day of moto-hijinx directly in front of its main stage. During one of the most celebrated events of the 2016 rally, the Buffalo Chip revived the racing that founded the rally, making for an epic day of music and races the rally has never before seen in one place. Spectators stood in awe as the spray of rubber and roar of horsepower from the Buffalo Chip’s Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John filled the amphitheater on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The crowd then received another shot of pure adrenaline as they shifted to the south side of the Chip’s amphitheater for a taste of authentic dirt track racing from the Roland Sand’s Design’s Super Hooligan Races presented by Indian Motorcycle. Moto Stampede events brought the attention of national media like Forbes, MAXIM, Road & Track and more. The day ended with high-profile after parties that lasted into the wee morning hours.

In a throwback to the days when young men tweaked their street machines into dirt track racers, Roland Sands Designs and Indian Motorcycles helped revive the thrill of Hooligan flat track racing at the Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede in the amphitheater. Brakes were optional as celebrity racers Roland Sands and Carey Hart joined a cadre of potential champions tearing up the Chip’s new dirt track constructed specially to host this event.

Chip stunt fan favorites the Seattle Cossacks joined in on the festivities, stacking riders high atop their vintage Harleys and capturing the hearts of appreciative audiences with their winning smiles and baffling moto-acrobatics.


Celebrities Turn Out for Charity


The premier charity ride of the 2016 rally, the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride®, attracted some of the biggest names in bike building, business, television and movies on Monday, Aug. 8 while raising funds for South Dakota Special Olympics Rapid City Flame, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and the Buffalo Chip Challenge™ Technical Education Scholarship Fund. The Buffalo Chip Challenge bikes were auctioned in support of the Legends Ride, and the second annual Legends Lunch, hosted by billionaire philanthropist John Paul DeJoria, actor Tom Berenger and actor, writer and producer Carmine Cangialosi, raised funds for charities Meeting the Need and South Dakota Special Olympics, Rapid City Flame.


Thursday’s Freedom Celebration Rideraised funds for veterans’ charities Warrior Dog Foundation, Wounded Wear/Combat Wounded Coalition and America’s Mighty Warriors. Outstanding veterans were recognized on the Buffalo Chip’s main stage on Thursday evening and presented with the Bob Hanson Distinguished Service Award in front of a very patriotic and appreciative audience.


On Tuesday, Biker Belles® gathered to discuss “Two-Wheeled Transformation,” take a ride and raised money for local charity Helping with Horsepower and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. Funds raised in 2016 bring the Chip’s total of charitable giving to more than $600,000 since 1981.


Motorcycle Masterpieces


Five days of bike shows outside the Big Engine Bar at the Buffalo Chip’s CrossRoads presented daily collections of some of the rally’s most amazing machines. Sponsored by Full Throttle Magazine, Biltwell, Easyriders Magazine, and ending with the famous Rat’s Hole, the 2016 shows offered a look at the bizarre, the creative and the traditional of the motorcycle world. Clint Ewing and crew added a stunt show laced with twists and smoking tire squeals and Easyriders Magazine hosted an exciting auction of original art created by celebrated motorcycle artist David Mann on Wednesday, Aug 10. The 2016Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Skin & Bones, Tattoo Inspired Motorcycles as Art,” curated by famed photographer Michael Lichter, drew an appreciative audience. The museum-quality exhibit, open free to the public, included stunning works of motorcycle art from 32 builders and 20 artists from around the world.


The Beat Goes On

An eclectic array of the world-class entertainers filled the 2016 Buffalo Chip’s concert schedule, giving guests an opportunity to enjoy the both living legends and today’s up and comers. The festival opened with the legendary Willie Nelson who offered up a long list of hits, and it concluded with the hilarious musical antics of “Weird Al” Yankovic. Award-winning country star Miranda Lambert topped off the Chip’s 30th annual Freedom Celebration, Lynyrd Skynyrd declared themselves the Buffalo Chip’s house band and Five Finger Death Punch hit the audience with a power-packed performance. Kid Rock shook the house down performing a full show after a near two-hour rain delay that didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm for the star.



“It’s hard to believe we’ve now celebrated 35 years of ‘The Best Party Anywhere,’ ” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “What an incredible year we’ve had with our friends. From the main stage performances to the Moto Stampede races, rides and celebrity appearances, it was fantastic. And now we’re ready to start it all over again for 2017!”


The Buffalo Chip has already begun making preparations for the 2017 festival. Passes for the event are on sale and may be purchased atwww.BuffaloChip.com.


About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™.Established in 1981, the venue’s nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Buffalo Chip guests have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, outrageous events, moving freedom celebrations, thrilling PowerSports and more. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers cabins, RVs, camping, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, paved roads, and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.